After my workshop at La Romita School of Art was over, I spent 3 days alone painting in Rome. I figured I was already in Italy, and since I could get a free hotel with points from my credit card, it would be a sin not to stay a few days more. I must admit that I was a pretty pooped artist by that time. I couldn’t paint in oil because the pieces wouldn’t dry quickly enough to pack them for the flight home. So I decided to enjoy the city on foot, carrying my lightweight watercolor supplies with me. I’ve been to Rome quite a few times before, so I felt no need to visit all the tourist sites and museums. And I had no set agenda. I just walked. And walked. And walked. It was sunny and in the high 90′s so I stopped often under shady porticos or ancient trees to paint whatever caught my fancy.
The Italians, the people of my ancestry, are waaaaaay into sculpture and monuments. Every small village and huge city is filled with them. They honor religious figures, statesmen, artists, and fallen heroes. And they also commemorate special dates in history, such as the unification of the country or an especially victorious battle. They even name their streets after those dates!!
This small monument in an Umbrian hill town sat on the edge of a piazza near a breathtaking view of the countryside. It was created to remember the World War 1 soldiers from their small village who had not returned home. I thought it was simple and elegant (unlike some of the “over the top” memorials I’ve seen) and wanted to capture it in a watercolor sketch. I only had 20 minutes until the bus was scheduled to pick us up, so I had to work quickly, painting only my initial impression with very little detail.
I will be exhibiting my paintings at Art on the Farm this Sunday October 26! I will be joining a great group of fine artists and craftsmen at this annual art show and sale which has been a fixture in Washtenaw County since 2003. Please come out on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10am-4pm to enjoy the art, live music and refreshments! 12075 Island Lake Road, Dexter, Michigan.
I’ll have lots of affordable pastels and watercolors available!
Very happy to be invited to participate in an innovative art exhibit curated by River Gallery! My large pastel painting, “Prussian Pears,” will be one of many plant-inspired works of art on display.
Watercolor plein air cityscape painting 10″ x 7″ $250
Please contact me if you are interested in this or similar artworks.
Deja Vu. I painted this plein air watercolor in 2014 (above) at the exact same spot in Umbria that I painted it in 2010 (below).